Fly Tying Workshop
June 28th 2003
The most recent workshop
was conducted on June 28th and again we had a full complement
of would be fly tiers in attendance. A good group size
of nine ensured that there would be plenty of individual
attention for everyone with at least two guides running
the show at any time.
The idea was to get people
to tie as many varied flies as was possible for the
We wanted everyone to learn as much as possible and
the day went off without a hitch. Everyone who attended
managed to tie at least each of the following patterns.
A Hare and Copper nymph, Cochybondhu, Tom Jones, Pheasant
Tail nymph, Klinkhammer, BMS, Beadhead Pheasant Tail
Flashback nymph, Elk Hair Caddis, Woolly bugger, Backwater
Beetle, Chernobyl Ant, Miss Knobby X and a Rubicon Hopper!
Thirteen individual fly patterns almost all requiring
different techniques to master.
The day was a lot of fun
for all involved and you could hardly have picked a
better time to be indoors tying flies as
the rain was belting down in the morning and it was
quite cold. The fire was going all day and we had a
great view while tying with the Cathedral Range out
one window and our lakes complete with rising fish out
the back. The most distracting classroom in the world!
All involved pick the skills
well and it was good to see such an enthusiatic bunch
leave us at day's end, all thinking of flies to be tied
in the coming days and weeks as the new season approaches.
For those that attended it is worth mentioning that
David snuck out to the Pondage and got a take on his
own Woolly Bugger but unfortunately did not hook up.
If anyone who participated gets a fish in the near future
on one of the flies that they tied that weeekend we
would love to display it on the new honour board page
that we are constructing. The idea will be to have a
page where those who attend one of the classes can share
their succeses with the others in the group.
Due to the popularity of
this day and also because we had to turn a few away
due to filling the quota we will now offer a regular
fly tying weekend. Anyone wishing to join us should
check the fly
tying workshop page.
So thanks to all that attended.
We will look forward to seeing your first creations
when we next see you.
Words from one of the participants
sent via email today
WHAT A DAY !!!!!!
I booked the fly tying
course at GVFF with some trepidation because, whilst
I have been fly fishing for about 6 or 7 years, more
seriously in the last 2 or 3 and know some of the fly
names and fishing techniques, etc - I knew nothing about
the tying process. I had the view that there
was enough to learn about this addictive sport, without
the added complications of tying the flies as well.
At 9.00am, I was relieved
to learn that at least half of the group (9 of us),
had not been involved in tying flies before, even though
they had fished for some years. The others had done
some but felt they needed to gain some more understanding
of the techniques involved.
Well, no messing around,
straight into my 1st fly, a nymph, with dubbing and
bobbin techniques somewhat conquered, it was a bit scrawny
but we were all very proud of our first attempts. Next
onto a dry Cochybondhu learning about feathers, then
more materials and techniques including bead heads,
palmering, lead, copper, deer hair and hoppers, beetles,
viz, sparkle flash, foam , etc, etc
Everyone ended up making
about 14 very different flies and every one got better
as the day progressed, mainly due to the clear instructions,
demonstrations and patience for Antony, Geoff and David.
I thought we would get about 3 or 4 basic flies done
and there would be a lot of slow boring periods. Wrong
- I was very impressed at the rate we all progressed
at and the variety of flies I now have - Woolly Bugger,
Klinkhammer, Tom Jones, Knobby X, Goulburn Griffith,
Flashback beadhead nymph, Chenobyl Ant, Elk Hair Caddis,
Backwater beetle, etc
We then talked about vices,
bobbins, scissors, and other tools and what materials
would be needed to practise what we had just learnt.
I think this day taught
me more about the any one facet of fly fishing than
any other day I have experienced so far. The only thing
nobody could tell me is, where I get the extra hours
in the day to fit work, gardening, etc around my new
Thanks for the write up
Dennis! To learn more about these days click
here for the fly tying workshop page.